September 18, 2020

If you blinked, you missed it: on the morning of August 18th, reports first emerged of a mutiny at a military base near Bamako, the capital of Mali. Yet by midnight, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was on national television, submitting a public resignation and dissol...

July 19, 2020

In 2017 Kenya annulled an election. Now Malawi has done the same and it is only the second African country to do so. Following the annulment, in the rerun election, Lazarus Chakwera triumphed against the sitting president of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, in a surprising tur...

May 19, 2020

Countries around the world are implementing lockdown measures to slow the spread of Covid-19. More than a third of the world’s population is under some form of restriction. South Africa went into lockdown on March 26th, and since May 1st have been allowed to leave thei...

April 18, 2020

A future after Covid-19 is a daunting thought. How might we be able to return to normality is an even more daunting question, as the Ithaca that we seek to harbour in again is no longer there. Writing at the beginning of April, what will come to be known as the early d...

April 16, 2020

As the BBC’s Emily Maitlis said in her refreshingly candid monologue last week, ‘the [Coronavirus] is not a great leveller, the consequences of which everyone rich and poor suffer the same.’ Whilst she may have been referring to Britain in her now viral broadcast, the...

April 11, 2020

Do you remember the surprise when an Ukranian actor won his bid for the presidency, beating his experienced incumbent by a landslide? Or when a Brit-pop drummer fought the Conservative Mark Field for Parliament in 2008 London? Or in a most implausible move, a certain f...

February 1, 2020

On 19th November 2017, Robert Mugabe was removed from power by the Zimbabwean military. This ended his 37 years of dictatorial rule. The man who replaced him, former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, declared that “a fresh new era” had begun, and that he would strive...

February 1, 2020

When looking at South Africa’s recent headlines, it is impossible to miss Jacob Zuma’s frequent appearances. The once ‘people’s president’ now stands on trial for twelve charges of fraud, one of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money laundering. 

During his ti...

January 27, 2020

‘Luanda Leaks’ is the name that has been given to a series of investigations made by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) concerning the alleged appropriation of money made by Isabel dos Santos and her half-brother José Filomeno de Sousa. Is...

January 1, 2020

For over twenty years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been plagued by ethnic violence and clashes over resources. Over seventy armed groups are believed to be active in the country and the vast majority of these groups are based in the east. Yet, the co...

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